Holy for Hindus, Jains, Bons and Buddhists alike, the pyramid-shaped structure of Mount Kailash and the beautiful lake of the holy Mansarovar make for a spectacular trip into the heart of a remote, barren and mesmerizingly beautiful region of the Tibetan plateau.
In Hinduism, it is believed that a 'Parikrama'(circumambulation) around the holy mountain and a drink from the holy lake can bring about good fortune, and wash away one's sins. The lingam-shaped mountain of Kailash is believed to be the abode of the Hindu God of virility and destruction of ignorance and illusion - Shiva- where he sits in a perpetual meditative state along with his consort, the Goddess Parvati.
Tantric Buddhists believe that the mountain is home to the Buddha of Supreme Bliss- Demchok, or Chakrasamvara. Mount Kailash is also the site where followers of Buddhism believe that the great Milarepa defeated the Bon Hero- Naro Bon-Chung in a race to the mountaintop by riding the sun's rays. Numerous sites in the region are associated with the first teacher of Buddhism in Tibet- the Precious One, Guru Rinboche, or Padmasambhava.Practitioners of the slowly disappearing religion of Bon believe the mountain and surrounding mystical region to be the seat of all spiritual power.
In Jainism, the region is believed to be where the first Jain Tirthankara Rishabhadeva, a rare human being who helped others attain enlightenment, first attained Moksh, or Nirvana.
Mark the holy trail of this great pilgrimage with your own footprints. After a long jeep ride, circumambulate (go around) the mountain clockwise if you're Hindu or Buddhist along the 52 km trail, and anti-clockwise if your religious persuasions are Bon or Jain.
Many believe this pilgrimage will take you to transcendental heights of the mind and spirit, but rest assured that the geographical heights you will attain will be more than noteworthy themselves, parts of the trail getting up to 5500 meters (18,200 feet).
The itinerary below outlines the plan for Buddhist and Hindu devotees, and so the trail goes clockwise. You may take the other way round the mountain, if you're a devout Bon or Jain.Also, for those without religious standing, you may decide not to trek around the mountain at all, thus cutting the trip short by a few days.
Kailash Manasarovar Yatra 2014
(fixed departure dates)
(Luxury Coach/Jeep)-13 days
May : 09,16,25
June : 02,08,15,21,26
July : 07,14,21,28
Aug : 05,10(Inner Kora ),12,26
Sept : 04,09
May : 10,16
June : 09,15
Sept : 04
P.S.:The highlighted dates are for full moon day.
You will have to arrive kathmandu on these dates.
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